Phobia Treatment Myths Revealed
Drugs For The Treatment Of Phobias Are Effective
Medication for phobia is recommended based on the intensity of the panic attacks and the associated symptoms of the condition. How effective medication can be in treating acute phobic conditions is a matter of great debate and discussion.
However, in most cases the medical practitioner recommends the intake of SSRIs (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors) or TCAs (Tricyclic Antidepressants) in combating and managing the severity and asperity of acute phobic conditions.
The patients are asked to take these medicines for a period of six months after which the dose of the medicines are gradually reduced and then discontinued after a period of time. The entire procedure takes place taking complete care of all withdrawal symptoms and relapse possibilities.
The time or the period of medication is either extended or minimized depending upon the responses of the phobic individual. First, you should have a clear idea about the strengths and various side effects of the medicine and it is then you should decide whether to have the drug or not.
How safe it is?
No doubt medications are great in combating phobia and depressions, but they come with several perils and disadvantages. Have a look at the risks involved in the medications and then just sit to decide what is best and the most suitable for you.
Types of phobic medications
Antidepressants and benzodiazepines are two most effective medications for combating phobic conditions and serious panic disorders. Such medicines are always accompanied by several advantages and disadvantages.
Again, there is another group of antidepressants (monoamine oxidase inhibitors, MAOIs) that comes with several dietary restrictions.
However, the popularity of MAOIs has been greatly affected as several new medicines have arrived in the market without restrictions and possible limitations.
Information on antidepressants
Phobic individuals respond well to antidepressants like Prozac (Fluoxitine), but the medicine takes at least 12 to 8 weeks to show its full color. However, this medicine comes with several short and long term harmful side effects like:
- A sudden gain in weight
- Loss of sexual interest
Anti-anxiety medication can successfully control and alleviate acute phobic conditions and several symptoms of anxiety disorders. However, once the medicine is stopped there are chances for the ailment to knock your door once more.
Benzodiazepines and azapirones are the common anti-anxiety medications, which act as mild tranquilizers in treating symptoms of anxiety and panic disorders.
The most common side effects of anti-anxiety medication
Points of caution during an anti-anxiety medication
- Confusion and disorientation
- Pounding or irregular heart beat
- Blurred vision
- Impaired coordination
- Dry mouth
- Poor concentration
- Short-term memory problems
You have to have lots of patience. It is important for you to sit with your doctor and monitor the effectiveness of these drugs and medicines. It is also important for you to keep a track of your personal reactions to the drugs as they always come with several side effects.
You should stay alert of the various emotional and physiological changes that occur after going through the medication.
Temporary relief is not the solution. You should always go for a medication, which will take care of the underlying problem and prevent the condition to recur in your life.
These medicines take time to work and as they only suppress the symptoms, the underline disease can always recur.
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Posted by Jan Heering
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Founder and President of the Morpheus Institute and
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